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" That very time I saw (but thou couldst not), Flying between the cold moon and the earth, Cupid all arm'd : a certain aim he took At a fair vestal throned by the west, And loos'd his love-shaft smartly from his bow, As it should pierce a hundred thousand... "
Imagination and Fancy: Or, Selections from the English Poets, Illustrative ... - Page 172
by Leigh Hunt - 1845 - 255 pages
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The wisdom and genius of Shakspeare: comprising moral philosophy ...

William Shakespeare - 1838
...their spheres, To hear the sea-maid's music. — That very time I saw (but thou could'st not), Plying between the cold moon and the earth, Cupid all arm'd:...he took At a fair vestal, throned by the west; And loosed his love-shaft smartly from his bow, As it should pierce a hundred thousand hearts : But I might...
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Shakespeare & the Uses of Comedy

Joseph Allen Bryant - Literary Criticism - 1986 - 270 pages
...give Puck a pretty explanation of how the plant came to have its peculiar character and potency: ... I saw (but thou couldst not), Flying between the cold...should pierce a hundred thousand hearts; But I might see young Cupid's fiery shaft Quench'd in the chaste beams of the wat'ry moon. And the imperial vot'ress...
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Rewriting the Renaissance: The Discourses of Sexual Difference in Early ...

Margaret W. Ferguson, Maureen Quilligan, Nancy Vickers, Catherine R. Stimpson - History - 1986 - 426 pages
...Titania has remembered her Indian votaress, Oberon remembers his "imperial votaress." He has once beheld, Flying between the cold moon and the earth, Cupid...should pierce a hundred thousand hearts. But I might see young Cupid's fiery shaft Quench'd in the chaste beams of the watery moon; And the imperial votress...
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Shakespeare in His Context: The Constellated Globe

Muriel Clara Bradbrook - Drama - 1989 - 207 pages
...the quality of a masquespectacle, the play perhaps being for such an occasion itself. That very time I saw (but thou couldst not) Flying between the cold...certain aim he took At a fair vestal throned by the west . . . (II.i.155-58) The fair vestal enthroned would hold an orb; the round world with its cold moon...
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Waverley Novels: Kenilworth

Sir Walter Scott - 1902
...exquisite delicacy of tact and beauty of description, the celebrated vision of Oberon : ' That very time I saw (but thou couldst not,) Flying between the cold moon and the earth, Cupid, all ann'd : a certain aim he took At a fair vestal, throned by the west ; And loos' d his love-shaft smartly...
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Four Comedies

William Shakespeare - Drama - 1994 - 678 pages
...shot madly from their spheres To hear the sea-maid's music? PUCK I remember. OBERON That very time I saw - but thou couldst not Flying between the cold moon and the earth Cupid all armed. A certain aim he took At a fair vestal throned by the west, And loosed his loveshaft smartly...
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Perspectives on Renaissance Drama

Mary Beth Rose - Literary Criticism - 1995 - 190 pages
...recent discussion of this episode is especially worth noting. 18. A Midsummer Night's Dream 2.1.157-64: A certain aim he took At a fair vestal throned by...should pierce a hundred thousand hearts; But I might see young Cupid's fiery shaft Quench'd in the chaste beams of the wat'ry moon, And the imperial vot'ress...
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The Theatrical City: Culture, Theatre and Politics in London, 1576-1649

David L. Smith, Richard Strier, David Bevington - History - 2003 - 308 pages
...Elizabeth I and A Midsummer Night's Dream', Notes and Queries, 232, ns, 34. 1 (1987), 205-7. And loosed his love-shaft smartly from his bow As it should pierce a hundred thousand hearts. But I might see young Cupid's fiery shaft Quenched in the chaste beams of the watery moon; And the imperial votaress...
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William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

1995 - 99 pages
...shot madly from their spheres To hear the sea-maid's music? PUCK. I remember. OBERON. That very time I saw, but thou couldst not, Flying between the cold moon and the earth, Cupid all armed. A certain aim he took At a fair vestal throned by the west, And loosed his love-shaft smartly...
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The Purpose of Playing: Shakespeare and the Cultural Politics of the ...

Louis Montrose - Literary Criticism - 1996 - 227 pages
...forfeit all of his royal offices. This loss of power, prestige, and revenue precipitated his revolt. Flying between the cold moon and the earth, Cupid...should pierce a hundred thousand hearts. But I might see young Cupid's fiery shaft Quench'd in the chaste beams of the watery moon; And the imperial votress...
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